Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

AJCU Workshops

Climate Justice: The Struggle for Our Common Home
March 16-17, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. AJCU Sustainability In Jesuit Education
Location: Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Room 116
***invite only***

11:00 a.m. Conference Check-In
Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Student Lounge

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    AJCU Business Lunch
Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Rooms 123/124

  • AJCU network environmental footprint – Aaron Durnbaugh, Director of Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago, has calculated the carbon footprint of the collective 28 AJCU campuses.  He will share with us how our carbon reduction efforts compare to other universities across the US, and the opportunities and challenges for reducing our collective greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Hosting future annual Climate Change Conferences - We will open discussions of whether the annual Climate Change Conference should be shared/hosted by other AJCUs in order to shine the spotlight on the good environmental sustainability work that is being done at sister AJCU schools.  Are there AJCU schools who would like to host this conference in future?  Should we keep it at Loyola University Chicago on alternate years, and host it at other schools on alternate years?  There are several models to discuss; please bring your ideas and interest.

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.    AJCU Plenary Discussions: A Vision for How the AJCUs Can Best Advance Climate Justice within our Networks
Location: Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Rooms 123/124

In this plenary, we will probe a strategy for leveraging one another within the AJCU, within the international Jesuit Higher Ed network, and the Social Justice network to address climate justice. 


  • Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, Secretary of the Society of Jesus Higher Education Directorate, Chancellor, Loyola University Chicago
  • Fr. Pedro Walpole, Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN), Manila, Philippines
  • John Sealey, Social and International Ministries, Chicago-Detroit & Wisconsin Provinces             

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Panel Presentations 
Location: Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Rooms 123/124

The second plenary panel will include panel presentations from groups who are presently advancing the cause:

  • The International Jesuit Ecology Project – Dr. Michael Schuck will present Healing Earth; a free online Environmental Science textbook written in the Ignatian Pedagogy style, by Jesuits and Jesuit colleagues from all regions of the planet.  Healing Earth addresses six of the major threats to our planet through scientific understanding with ethical and spirituality lenses and a call to action.
  • Catholic Climate Covenant – Dan Misleh, Executive Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, an organization that educates and equips Catholics to take action on Climate Change.  They will share many avenues of effective advocacy.
  • Ignatian Solidarity Network – Christopher Kerr, Executive Director of the ISN network, which educates and forms advocates for social (and environmental) justice, animated by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. They will share with us the ways in which we can advocate through ISN programs.

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  AJCU Fine & Performing Arts Faculty
2018 Conference Performance Planning Meeting
Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Room 116

Faculty in Dance and Choral programs throughout the AJCU network are invited to join a meeting to plan a collective song-and-dance performance to be performed at Loyola University Chicago at the 5th annual Climate Change Conference (March of 2018).  The score for a single choral piece and script of a choreographed dance will be shared among all AJCUs to be practiced prior to the 2018 meeting.  At the 2018 conference, students from multiple AJCU schools will perform together in a large collective performance communicating the injustice and threats of climate change to people and the Earth.

5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m.  AJCU Dinner
Location: Damen MPR South

This dinner is exclusive for AJCU and other Jesuit participants, and the cost is included in your registration fee.

7:00 p.m.  Keynote Speaker Mary Robinson
Location: Mundelein Auditorium, 1st floor Mundelein Center

Friday, March 17, 2017

See the Climate Change Conference Agenda for a complete list of panels on Friday.